Mon, 18 Oct 2021

MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 18,937 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,385,616.

The DOH also reported 146 coronavirus-related deaths, raising the country's death toll to 36,934, as the highly infectious Delta variant continues to spread in the country. (Philippines-COVID-19 infections)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia has administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 12.05 million people, or 75.3 percent of the kingdom's 16-million population, officials and experts said on Monday.

Of them, 10.3 million, or 64.4 percent, have been fully vaccinated with both required shots, and 830,814, or 5.2 percent, have received a booster dose, the health ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said in a report. (Cambodia-Vaccination)

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KABUL -- Efforts are underway to solve all technical difficulties before international commercial flights resume in Kabul International Airport, airport director Abdul Hadi Hamadani said on Monday.

Domestic flights as well as cargo flights carrying aid items are operating and authorities are working to solve a number of technical problems for the resumption of all commercial international flights, Hamadani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Commercial flights)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's largest city Auckland will relax restrictions by moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday for at least two weeks, as the country reported 22 new Delta community cases on Monday.

The city has remained at level 4, the top-level COVID-19 lockdown, for more than 30 days, longer than last year's lockdown, with schools and none-essential businesses closed. (New Zealand-Auckland-Relax restrictions)

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